August 9, 2016
Facts about the Manbij Liberation Operation:
- The operation was launched on June 1, 2016 by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the U.S.-led coalition. The SDF created the Manbij Military Council (MMC), an alliance force comprising both Kurds and Arabs.
- 200 villages surrounding Manbij have been liberated. 4000 ISIS members have been killed – 2300 of their corpses are with the MMC controlled morgue.
- On June 5, MMC named the liberation of Manbij the Martyer Faisal Abu Layla campaign in memory of the killed MMC commander Faisal Abu Layla.
- The over two-month operation resulted in the freeing of 140 thousand civilians from the city and surrounding villages. The first phase of the operation was to cut the vital supply line to ISIS from Jarabules and Al Bab. MMC was able to seize 7 armories of weapons and improvised explosive devices (IED) from ISIS. MMC also destroyed 20 car bombs in addition to defusing over 20,000 mines.
- In early July the second phase of the operation started. ISIS used civilians as human shields leading the MMC to slow down the offensive near the city. MMC created a team of 15 people to evacuate civilians in special operations in addition to a team to defuse mines on the roads. As of August 8, 90% of the city is liberated.
Source: Hawar News Agency